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Marion Ross Biography

Birth Name:
Marian Ross
Birth Place:
Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States

Fast Facts

  • An aspiring actress at 13, she changed the spelling of her first name from "Marian" to "Marion" because she thought it might look better on a marquee
  • First acting job was at California's La Jolla Playhouse, where she worked under the tutelage of director Mel Ferrer
  • Named San Diego State University's Most Outstanding Actress while attending school there
  • Made her TV debut in 1953, playing an Irish maid in the comedy Life With Father; also made her big-screen debut that year in the comedy Forever Female
  • First Broadway appearance was as Asia Booth in a 1958 production of Edwin Booth
  • Star-making role of Marion Cunningham on Happy Days was spun-off from an appearance in a 1972 episode of Love American Style
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001


  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated